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Transportation & Shuttle Services

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UC San Diego Health patients have the following transportation options for our Hillcrest and La Jolla facilities.

Public Transportation

For information on public transportation, including bus and trolley options, serving our Hillcrest and La Jolla hospital locations, please read about public transit at UC San Diego.

Free UC San Diego Shuttles to Public Transit

You can use our free shuttles that connect our hospitals and some of our clinics to the city's public transit system. They operate year-round on weekdays (excluding university holidays):

  • Hillcrest: The Hillcrest Express connects the Hillcrest Medical Center to the Old Town Transit Center trolley and bus services. Get more information
  • La Jolla: The Health Campus Connector runs between the La Jolla hospitals and the UC San Diego Health La Jolla trolley station. Get more information

Directions and Parking Information

Discharge Transportation Options

You have several options for transportation when you are discharged to home, a skilled or rehabilitation facility, assisted living or another arrangement. Transportation for future appointments also is available.

Note that not all forms of medical transport are covered by health plans.

  • Wheelchair van, for patients who need to ride in a wheelchair. The cost is $80 plus $5 per mile.
  • Gurney transport, non-emergency transport on a gurney for those who cannot sit up. The cost is $145 plus $7 per mile.
  • Basic Life Support (BLS), may be covered by your health plan if medically necessary.
  • Advanced Life Support (ALS), is covered by your health plan if medically necessary.